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Growing up I was around seniors quite often because my mother worked in nursing homes and other senior facilities. Out of 4 daughters in our family, I was always the one who wanted to tag along, go visit and even help out when I was allowed. Taking care of elders is not considered just a job to me but a pleasure. It is my pleasure to help those who are unable to help or care for themselves like they may have done before. It is my pleasure to give back to those who have given to us. I feel very comfortable around older adults. I get along with nearly everyone. Being very humble about compliments, I've been told that my personality is genuine and fun ... along with very caring, loving and compassionate. Going the extra mile is something natural for me. I do it without noticing. It is my daily prayer to help make a difference in someone's life. I take pride in the work that I do. If I don't know something I always ask. If there is overtime to be done I will do it without question. One personal achievement I am most proud of is gaining the trust of a troubled elder that was once mistreated by family members. I was able to show this elder that it's ok to need and accept help from another and get great results. I took care of my mother many years before she passed and I'd give anything to do it again. I learned many wonderful things from her. It's not that I want to walk in her shoes ... but I don't want to lose my way either.
Hourly wage is negotiable I decided to become a caregiver because of my grandmother. As far back as I can remember she was a home health aide, I enjoyed watching her interact with her patients and making them feel comfortable. After watching my grandmother interact with her patients, i decided to try out the caregiver/assisted living/geriatric world in 2005, where i fell in love with the industry. I have been a caregiver for geriatrics and mental health for up to 10 years and have always enjoyed it. I have worked with patients that have all stages of Alzheimer's and dementia, including sun-downers, also patients with MS and ALS. With all patients, i like to get to know the family and help them understand and cope with Alzheimer's disease as well as MS and ALS and other diagnoses, which all can be very hard for some families to cope and understand. Not only do i care and look after the patient and their needs, but i also look after and care for the families. Because although, they are not being cared for by the aides, they too still need help at times. I am always there for the families for a shoulder to cry, a venting board, or just when they need help out or around the house. I do not only do my specific job duties, i do things that are not asked of me, i treat your home like i do mine. When i see that something needs to be done, i take it upon myself to complete that task. For example, dishes in the sink, dusting, trash overflowing, or helping a family member with something. I have assisted with assembling an entertainment center before, just to be a helping hand.